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March 2004Vol. 5, No. 2Technical Assistance on New CAPTA Provisions

Recent amendments to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) affect the requirements that States must fulfill in order to receive a CAPTA State grant. The Children's Bureau and the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues have developed technical assistance information that deals specifically with two of the recent CAPTA changes.

These requirements state:

  • Representatives of a child protective services (CPS) agency shall, at initial contact, advise a person under investigation for child abuse or neglect of the allegations against that person, and all such CPS representatives shall receive training about their legal duties.
  • Any person appointed as a guardian ad litem to represent an abused or neglected child in a judicial hearing must receive appropriate training related to this role.

The information is available on the Children's Bureau website at (Editor's note: Link no longer available).